The BCM Food Pantry began over 20 years ago in response to the community need to reduce the stigma of hunger, and to help mitigate the results of Homewood being a food desert. Homewood lacks its own grocery store, farmer’s market, or other healthy food provider which is what makes it a food desert. Homewood South (the surrounding area of BCM) also has a much higher poverty rate than the City of Pittsburgh with one in three people living in poverty. The Food Pantry currently distributes food in the Homewood community on the first and third Saturdays of each month; serving approximately 30 families. The program not only distributes shelf-stable food resources from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, but also partners with local businesses to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables for delivery to Homewood residents. In addition to food, the Food Pantry program periodically provides much needed personal care and non-food related products to the residents that it serves.
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About the Food Pantry Manager
Tyrone Jones started in the professional field in the restaurant business at 14 years old achieving kitchen manager by the age of 21, at 28 he was put in charge of the kitchen of one of Pittsburgh popular restaurants. When Tyrone came to Bethany Baptist Church he had no idea what the Lord had in store for him. He volunteered for the Food Pantry not knowing the Lord meant for him to eventually become the manager.